An end to the Russian war of aggression is not in sight. At the same time, President Zelenskyj is looking to the future and is demanding billions for a new livelihood. An overview.
The essentials in brief:
- Selenskyj calls for international help for reconstruction
- Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, in particular, is under massive pressure
- Belarusian ruler Lukashenko threatens the West
- Federal Network Agency warns of the consequences of unequal gas flow in the network
In view of the massive destruction in Ukraine by the Russian armed forces, after more than four months of the war, President Volodymyr Zelenskyj has again appealed to the international community and called for international help to rebuild his country. “It is necessary not only to repair everything that the occupiers destroyed but also to create a new basis for our lives: safe, modern, comfortable, barrier-free,” he said in a video address. This requires “huge investments, billions, new technologies, best practices, new institutions and of course reforms”.
Zelenskyy also reminded us that the war was far from over. “His brutality is increasing in some places.” He appealed to his compatriots to volunteer for war victims.
At a conference for Ukraine, which starts on Monday in Lugano, Switzerland, the Ukrainian government wants to present its priorities for the reconstruction of the war-torn country for the first time. It is a question of coordinating future tasks with donor countries and financial institutions. There are representatives from around 40 countries and around 20 international organizations.
Conflicting reports from eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers deployed in Lysychansk speak of systematic shelling of the city’s buildings by Russian artillery. “Russian tactics at the moment are to shell every building we might be in. When they’ve destroyed it, they move on to the next one,” said one soldier while resting with several comrades in the town of Konstyantynivka, west of Lysychansk.
The region’s governor, Serhiy Hajday, said Russia was trying to use all available weapons to take Lysychansk, the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk province.
Ukrainian authorities did not want to confirm that Lysychansk was completely surrounded and that the city administration was under the control of pro-Russian separatists and Russian soldiers, as separatist fighters had previously stated. A representative of the separatists told the Russian news agency Tass that they had conquered “the last strategic hills” together with Russian troops.
Damage to a residential building near Odessa in the south after an attack on Friday night
According to the Russian army, it also destroyed weapons depots near the city of Mykolaiv in the south of the country and in eastern Ukraine near Kharkiv. The Ukrainian General Staff confirmed Russian attacks in these regions.
Western “decision centers” targeted
The ruler of the ex-Soviet republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who is loyal to the Kremlin, has threatened the West. If there is an attack on Belarus, his country will react immediately, Lukashenko said in a speech on the country’s upcoming Independence Day, according to the state news agency Belta. “Less than a month ago I gave orders to the armed forces units to target what you can now call decision centers in their capitals,” said the 67-year-old. He didn’t explain exactly what he meant by that. He added: “Don’t touch us – and we won’t touch you.”
Since the beginning of the war at the end of February, there have been fears that Belarus could officially join the war on Russia’s side. Lukashenko has already admitted that in the first weeks of the war, Russian rockets were fired at Ukraine from Belarusian territory.
Federal Network Agency warns of unequal gas flow
According to the head of the Federal Network Agency, an unequal gas supply would have far-reaching consequences for end consumers. “The moment the pressure in the gas network in a region falls below a certain minimum, the fuse in hundreds of thousands of gas boilers would suddenly kick in,” said Klaus Müller to the newspapers of the Funke media group. This would have to be activated again manually by trained specialists if gas was available in the region again. No one can want such a scenario, “because it would take a very long time to restore the gas supply. So it will always be the aim of the Federal Network Agency to order reductions in industrial consumption if necessary so that this scenario does not occur.”
According to Müller, the gas flows in Germany have so far been more or less evenly distributed. “That could change if we only received gas from Norway, the Netherlands or Belgium,” says Müller. That is why the reservoirs are already being filled so that the south of the Federal Republic can also be adequately supplied.
Against the background of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the West’s sanctions against Moscow, Müller had already said on Saturday that he feared a total failure of gas supplies from Russia . At the same time, he warned against false accents when saving energy. “The crisis situation relates to gas – and not to electricity,” he said. Germany is not facing a power shortage.